Douglas speech and debate team wins at second tourney

The Douglas High School speech and debate team won several trophies at the second tournament of the year at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School Oct. 19-20.

On the first day of competition, Clara Ritger received third place in senior dramatic interpretation, and Kevin Kendrick took a first place in novice storytelling.

The United States extemporaneous speakers cleaned up the awards with J.R. Stevens taking fourth place in senior, and Colton Dale and Will Dornbrook taking third and fifth for novice.

The following day, Travis Moore, undefeated during the whole tournament, received first place novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Kevin Kendrick came in a close third. Senior policy debate was a near close-out as Evan Kleiner and partner Dornbrook tied with Mariana Aguilar and partner Dale for third place. Dale also received first place in speaker points. Stevens and Ritger took home first place senior policy in a second consecutive win.

Carson Valley Middle School also did well. Danielle Lozano and Andrew Vardes-Doane in the novice duo interpretation final round, and Bethany Wurster and Selena Kaffer took home a first place trophy in the event. Nolan Nicholson received fourth place novice U.S. extemporaneous and came very close to the semi-final round in the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Molly Ellery received third place in novice Lincoln-Douglas debate. The big debate win for Carson Valley Middle School came from Elspeth Summersgill and Nicole Romaneschi who took second place in novice policy debate, and will now qualify for the senior debate category.

The next tournament will be Nov. 16-17 at McQueen High School.

Anyone who would like to attend or would like to judge can contact Paul Mileo by e-mail at


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